Repair your AirPods charging case with an unofficial 3D-printed kit

AirPods have a reputation for being unrepairable, but a technician may have an unofficial workaround. Ken Pillonel (USB-C iPhone fame) has developed an open-source repair kit for AirPods models 1st and 2nd generation. If you decide to open the case, you can make repairs (e.g. put in a new battery) and get back to work with a 3D printed replacement part. What’s more, the kit will bring your AirPods into the modern age – it switches the charging port from Lightning to an EU-friendly USB-C connector.

Pillonel publishes the required 3D print and PCB (printed circuit board) files on its GitHub repository. He’s unsure about selling ready-made repair kits himself, but he’s open to the possibility.

This solution is clearly not for the faint of heart. You need access to printing hardware, not to mention technical know-how. Pillonel, however, is worth the effort. With normal use, the AirPods charging case is destined to become e-waste if it either breaks or loses too much battery life. The DIY kit promises to keep your case useful for years to come and offers connectivity you don’t get by ordering a case from Apple.

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